Most US stocks rose modestly overnight (07/06) as gains in banking shares were stronger than the slump in energy companies that was caused by oil prices sliding 5 percent to a one-month low on Wednesday (07/06). This decline came after an unexpected increase in US crude inventories. Today (08/06) crude oil is slightly recovering. However, market participants are very careful at the start of trading on Thursday.
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Indonesian assets are under pressure on Friday (24/06) due to the exiting of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU). After votes of yesterday's referendum were counted the so-called "Brexit"is a reality. Nearly 52 percent of the 16.1 million voters chose to depart from the EU. Shortly after the news UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced he is to step down in October. Meanwhile, global financial markets are in deep red territory as investors are in search of safe haven assets such as the US dollar, Japanese yen, Swiss franc, and gold.
Today (23/06), some 46.5 million UK voters are expected to show up for a massive decision. Since UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he will respect the outcome of the referendum, the decision whether the United Kingdom will leave the European Union is in the hands of the UK voters. The latest polls still indicate that the outcome of the referendum is too close to call. The first reliable preliminary reports about the outcome of the referendum are expected to be published on Friday morning around 05:00 am local UK time, or 11:00 am local Jakarta time.
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo kicked off his short European tour on Monday (18/04) in Berlin (Germany) where he met German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Bilateral relations between Indonesia and Germany are important because Germany is Indonesia's largest trading partner in the European continent and Indonesia's seventh-largest investor. Merkel praised Indonesia's economic development amid the complex context (having more than 255 million citizens and consisting of over 17,000 islands). Both state heads talked about strengthening existing partnership in vocational education in several sectors.
Today, the Jakarta Composite Index (IHSG) was under pressure from the start of the trading day. It was negatively affected by mixed Asian indices as well as yesterday's mixed American indices (where the Dow Jones Index weakened whereas other American indices gained). It made investors, in particular foreign investors, eager to sell parts of their stock portfolios. At the end of today's trading day, the IHSG stood at 4,994.52, a 0.34 percent fall compared to yesterday.
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